Population Geography Image Competition

As part of the Research Group’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations we have run a design competition with a partner school in Swansea. Young people were tasked to design an image that they felt best represents ‘Population Geography’ 

The competition had a panel of judges, with the final winner being chosen by two artists, Pernille Spence and Sarah Tombs. These are renowned artists and we are very grateful for them giving their time to judge the competition. Further details about their work can be found below. 

The competition was judged across three categories and an overall winner selected from the winners in each category. 

Very many congratulations to David in Year 2 who was our overall winner. The judges felt that the design, which showcased a globe with connected people, was a visually striking concept and design that encapsulated the subject and would work well as a logo, whether on a laptop screen or mobile. 

Congratulations also to all our category winners: 

  • Category 1 (Nursery and Reception): Lewis, Ephrata and Lilley 
  • Category 2 (Year 1 and 2): Hannah, Kyra and Kamsi 
  • Category 3 (Years 3 to 6): Zaira, Nathan and Angelica

David’s winning design can be seen below and we will share other winning designs as well as the other entries over the coming weeks. 

Population Geography, by David

The Judges

Pernille Spence is a visual artist based in Scotland exhibiting nationally and internationally.  Recent exhibitions include the Shanghai Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai Biennale, China, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Hawick, Scotland,  the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh and the Parthenón fríz Gallery, Budapest, Hungary. Pernille is currently Programme Director for Fine Art in the Contemporary Art Practice department at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee.

Sarah Tombs is a sculptor and lecturer living in Wales and London. After graduating from the Royal college of Art in 1987 Sarah established her sculptural practice in London producing many major public commissions. She moved to Wales in 2004 building a sculpture studio in rural Carmarthenshire. 

Her work is held in many private, corporate and public collections including the Government Art Collection, Hammersmith Hospital, Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Trust, the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Christies UK, and Linklaters, UK.

Sarah has lectured in Higher Education since 1990 including Keele University and held the position of senior lecturer in Fine art at University of Wales Trinity, St David (2008-2019). She has worked in gallery learning since 2007 at Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen, The Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, Dulwich Picture Gallery (2016-2020) and has lectured at the National Gallery, London since 2008.


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